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A federal judge ruled in favor of CNN reporter Jim Acosta in his spat with the White House, restoring his press pass.
Judge just ruled in favor of @Acosta: Cnn TRO is granted and press pass must be restored— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 16, 2018
In the ruling, Judge Timothy Kelly questioned if decision caused irreparable harm to Acosta’s reputation and whether he was afforded due process.
Judge moving now to q of “irreparable harm” to @Acosta from credential denial.— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 16, 2018
Judge is now saying that the White House DID NOT provide @acosta due process in revoking his hard pass.— Jessica Schneider (@SchneiderCNN) November 16, 2018
CNN sued the White House for its decision to revoke reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass last week. In its lawsuit, CNN named as evidence a tweet from President Trump from May 9, as well as a Nov. 14 fundraising email.
“The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?”
The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018
NBC reporter Jason Abbruzzese tweeted a document that appears to be an exhibit list from the suit.
Also looking like CNN is using at least one Trump tweet in its lawsuit… pic.twitter.com/jI7ryxzdnh— Jason Abbruzzese (@JasonAbbruzzese) November 16, 2018
The lawsuit also cited a fundraising email from Nov. 14, in which the president’s fundraising team told supporters,
“CNN is SUING President Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Secret Service agent, and other White House officials……All because they REVOKED Jim Acosta’s press badge after his continuous grandstanding and inappropriate refusal to yield to other reporters. President Trump will NOT put up with the media’s liberal bias and utter disrespect for this Administration and the hardworking Americans who stand with us. But the President wants to know what *YOU* think.”
The email includes a “media accountability survey,” which asks supporters if they think the White House was correct in revoking Acosta’s press pass.
Acosta’s press pass was initially revoked after he sparred with Trump during a Q&A, refusing to relinquish a microphone even when a White House aide intervened.
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.